Posts tagged ‘Barbara McClintock’

September 23, 2011

Girl Blogger Post!

Megan is 13 years old and a Girl Scout Cadette.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to welcome Megan K. as one of our girl bloggers! Megan is 13 years old and a Girl Scout Cadette. With Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary on the horizon, we asked Megan how the roles of women have changed since 1912. Here’s her answer:

“Roles of women have changed greatly since 1912. We have gone from being in a gilded cage to being at the forefronts of science, math and politics. It is quite an accomplishment.

Barbara McClintock, who I learned about while working on the Me-dia Journey, is one of them. She received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983, the first woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize in this category, for her work on genetics, her discoveries stemming from research on maize. 

She discovered genes could move within a chromosome. Her groundbreaking research was ignored and discredited until the ’70s and ’80s when technology led to her conclusion being proved and no longer discouraged. She had even stopped publishing for some years, since no one was interested in her work. She kept working though, and at this site, you can see more about her. She is one of many women scientists who have changed our world. At The Smithsonian there are many more.

As you can see, woman’s roles have changed a lot in the past 100 years, making the world a better place.”

Thanks, Megan!